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On Taking Care of Your Septic Tank

When you think about the maintenance of your household, chances are your septic tank does not come to mind. If anything, unless you are experiencing problems with your drainage system, you are hardly even aware of your septic tank’s presence. It’s no surprise that that would be the case considering septic tanks are not usually visible. However, their lack of a physical presence does not diminish the importance of it to be taken care of. Your septic tank serves as a decomposer of your household’s sewage through anaerobic bacteria. Without it, you may find yourself bathing in your own filth through the water from your tap.

Although it is not possible for you to never encounter problems with your septic tank, there are a number of ways you can keep it intact for years.

  • Regulate water use

One of the mechanics of your septic tank is to separate the liquids from the solids, diluting excess liquids into the drain fields.  An abundance of water and other liquids can result in an imbalance in your septic tank’s functions, as well as causing it to back up. If you have trouble in dealing with a clogged toilet alone, then a clogged septic tank are matters you will never want to handle.


  • Regulate household chemical use

A minimal use of household cleaners such as detergents and bleaches is fine for every day cleaning of your sinks and bathrooms. However, excessive use may kill the bacteria in your septic tank that was meant to dissolve the sewage. It would also be safe to check the label of your product as to whether or not it is regarded as “septic safe.”


  • Secure your septic tank's perimeter

The reason septic tanks hardly ever come to mind during household maintenance is because they are usually installed underground. However, you should still be mindful of its presence and not place anything heavy over it or the drainage field like a car, shed or cement. The weight could not only damage the tank, but also the connecting pipelines. Your drainage and water system may very well be compromised.


  • Do not flush or pour down non-biodegradable substances into the drain

Your septic tank and all the piping that has gone into it was not built to withstand all forms of waste. Anything non-biodegradable is bound clog pipelines and your septic tank. Some of these substances include diapers, sanitary napkins, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, and fat. Even toilet paper doesn’t decompose easily. In truth, how hard is it to dispose of your waste properly anyway? It’s a small price to pay over facing drainage problems in the long run.


Despite all these helpful tips on how to take care of your septic tank, you will still need a professional plumbing service to deal with pumping and draining your septic tank. This process needs to be done every 2-3 years to maintain the balance and function of your septic tank. If you’re looking to get it done soon, get in touch with RG Malabanan’s siphoning services to ensure a quality job.


Source: WikiHow

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